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October 16, 2013 - The day 50-over cricket died

As a true cricket fan, I want to see a somewhat equal contest between bat and ball, which has gone out of the window, over the last few years. Maybe, I am getting a little too nostalgic here. Maybe, I am getting old. But for me, on October 16, 2013, the 50-over ODI cricket, just died.

ODI cricket is now loaded totally in favour of the batsmen. And what happened in Jaipur is a brilliant example of that.

by Vivek Kaul 19 Oct 10:05 am IST

     

A lot has been written on India's fabulous win over Australia on October 16, 2013. The underlying message in almost all of these articles has been very positive. As one columnist put it in the Daily News and Analysis, "Make no mistake, Jai Ho! Pur is no flash in the pan. It is a sign of the things to come."

If what happened on October 16, 2013, is a sign of things to come, then I am really worried. And so should be you, if you are an average Indian cricket fan, like I have been.

I have followed the travails of the Indian cricket team, largely on television and radio, for more than 25 years now. I have spent time watching an ODI series between England and India, before my tenth standard exams, and am still paying the price for it. I have prayed to God that the other God bats well and helps India win, a countless number of times.

Sachin Tendulkar's straight drive and Venkatesh Prasad's slow leg cutter are two things that I can watch over and over again. I almost jumped out of my seat in office, when Joginder Sharma dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq, and helped India win the first T20 world-cup in September 2007.

Watching cricket has been a non-stop roller-coaster ride with emotions from fear to exhilaration to hope to defeat, built into it. But on October 16, 2013, I wondered whether all these years of watching cricket has really been worth the trouble?

I saw more or less the entire match on mute (to be honest I just can't hear Ravi Shastri saying and that went like a tracer bullet one more time). And by the end of the match I wasn't really sure if I was watching an international cricket match or a video game, which is loaded totally in favour of the batsmen and the bowler has an insignificant role.

What I saw on October 16, 2013, was very similar. The wicket was dead. It did not have anything in it either for spinners or for fast bowlers. The worst of ODI cricket, where the rules and the playing conditions are totally against the bowlers, was at work.

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